Tag Archive: England

awakeningStarring: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West & Imelda Staunton
Screenplay by Stephen Volk and Nick Murphy
Directed by Nick Murphy

A woman who debunks supernatural hoaxes is called upon to investigate a ghost that allegedly haunts a boarding school.

I say ghosts are just
what you need to keep a school
full of brats in line.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Awakening is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.


Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston & Simon Russell Beale
Adapted & directed by Terence Davies

Shortly after World War II, the wife of British judge finds herself trapped between her passionless marriage and an affair with a troubled Royal Air Force pilot.

Great expectations!
Being happy’s hard when you’re
repressed and oppressed.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Deep Blue Sea is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West & Rosamund Pike
Screenplay by Hamish McColl
Directed by Oliver Parker

Bumbling spy Johnny English returns to stop the assassination of the Chinese premier.

For Anglophiles, Bean
fans, Scully lovers, and dorks.
Yup. I am all four.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Johnny English Reborn is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/28/12.

(Blu) Haiku Review: The Hour (2011)

Starring: Romola Garai, Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, Anna Chancellor & Oona Chaplin
Written and created by Abi Morgan
Directed by Coky Giedroyc, Harry Bradbeer & Jamie Payne

In this six-part British mini-series set during the Cold War of the 1950s, the producer of a newly-launched topical news program and her best friend, a passionate journalist, become embroiled in a controversial story that involves politics, murder, espionage, and dangerous international conspiracies.

If they thought the news
was biased then, they didn’t
live to see Fox News.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Hour is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

(Blu) Haiku Review: Anonymous (2011)

Starring: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis & Derek Jacobi
Written by John Orloff
Directed by Roland Emmerich

Director Roland Emmerich stages an account of the conspiracy theory that the work of William Shakespeare was actually written by the Earl of Oxford.

The Bard gets blasphemed
by a true Hollywood hack.
A real tragedy.

Grade: C-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Anonymous is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Haiku Review: The Iron Lady (2011)

Starring: Meryl Streep & Jim Broadbent
Screenplay by Abi Morgan
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

The story of the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister.

Lesson: change the world,
trailblaze, but you’ll still end up
lonely and senile.

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Iron Lady is now playing in select cities.

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce & Michael Gambon
Screenplay by David Seidler
Directed by Tom Hooper

Based on the true story of King George VI who struggled to overcome a lifelong, debilitating speech impediment and become the inspiring voice of nation facing war.

Hooper’s a thief but
Firth earned the Oscar on his

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The King’s Speech is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
It was the winner of the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Orginal Screenplay (David Seidler), 2010. It was also nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), and Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush).